When Rhonda first described her Cammidge House wedding to me, I had visions of time travel back to the 1940s with ladies dressed to the nines in big hats, men in fedoras and bow ties, ornate china and stemware, colourful floral decor, a retro food truck, and a relaxed family atmosphere in a quiet country-like setting. When I day finally arrived this July and I finally saw Rhonda’s creation, my jaw nearly dropped to the ground. Her wedding was what I envisioned, but with so so much more! I kept thinking that if Rhonda ever grew tired of being a photographer, she could easily take up a career in decorating. Everything they planned for their wedding played to the theme of a vintage tea party – and it was brilliant!
Like so many weekends this year, the day started a little wet. But hopes were not dashed because most of the rain stuck around Vancouver and not Boundary Bay, where we were headed for the ceremony and reception. Luckily for us, we were only in rainy Vancouver for only a short time. Rhonda was picked up in a 1940 Mercury Town Sedan (a car that reminds me of old Hollywood). This dusty grey seadan was the perfect colour for a vintage wedding near the beach. Driving out of the George Massey tunnel from Richmond into the suburb of Tsawwassen was like exiting a time machine. As we pulled into Boundary Bay, it felt like a different place with a completely different weather forecast. John and Rhonda’s wedding guests arrived early for the ceremony. It was a circle wedding ceremony in front of Cammidge House, and they came dressed for a vintage tea party.
Rhonda + John passed around a stone heart and Rhonda gave away yellow roses to some of the most important people in her life. After the wedding ceremony outdoors, they had their first dance inside the circle, and guests were invited to join in the celebration. We had a little time alone with Rhonda and John and photographed them hanging with a vintage car – a 1940s Mercury. One of the more unique features of Rhonda’s design was a food trailer serving french crepes. It was a big hit with guests. These were fresh handmade crepes by Chou Chou Breton Crepes. Breton Crepes were served on vintage chinaware. Guest got to choose from Black Forest Ham, Goat Cheese, and Smoked Salmon crepes.
The flowers and decor under the Cammidge House tent was beautifully arranged by Schulte & Co Design. It looked perfect for a vintage tea party just a short stroll from the beach. When the speeches began was when the sun really came out that afternoon. There were several funny lighthearted speeches as well as heartfelt emotional ones too. Then it was time to loosen the ties and shed off the jackets to enjoy a very warm summer evening on the Cammidge house grounds. Love these ladies’ outfits, especially the vintage hats. Then around sunset, we snuck away for a few more moments with Rhonda + John. It was such a beautiful and memorable wedding and I hope these photos bring back cherished memories of their Cammidge House wedding in the year ahead. Congratulations again Rhonda and John, thank you for inviting us to be a part of such a wonderful wedding day!